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St. Ives WrE
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No: 40099   Contributor:   Year: 2016   Manufacturer: Austin   Country: United Kingdom
St. Ives WrE

586HCV, 1960, Austin FFG/Drakes of Plymouth(?) WrE, Cornwall Fire Brigade, St. Ives Fire Station. Bailey Wooden Escape and Ajax 35ft extension ladder. Austin chassis were relatively rare on UK fire appliances - except in Cornwall, with a fleet of thirty!
Picture added on 16 August 2016 at 12:19
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Quite a smart looking machine. That is a lot of ladder weight she is carrying for what appears to be a medium size appliance? Would anyone know more detail of engine specs, etc. The body builders certainly knew their business! I imagine this photo was taken on its first day of commissioning, either that or the lads at St. Ives took great pride in the presentation of their fleet. Would the vehicle in the background be an ambulance or Brigade work van? Thanks to the contributor that posted the pic, unfortunately your name does not appear in the credits.

Added by Pavel on 17 August 2016.
Great picture. On admin side -Its very easy to post a picture without filling in contributors name box, often done it myself , could this be altered so you have to fill it in?

Added by Craigw on 19 August 2016.
the FFG chassis was powered by a 4 ltr. 6 cyl. petrol engine and several versions went from 5 to 8 tons various wheel base. there was a 4 cyl. diesel available but I cant imagine fire brigades being interested back then.over 8 ton would have been the FFK.

Added by A.j.alexander on 19 August 2016.
This machine was at least 10 years old when photographed! The van was from brigade workshops. The machine just happened to have been pulled out by the mechanic. Talk about luck!

Added by Jerry Hepworth on 20 August 2016.
This is a 1960 appliance.
The van in the background has an L registration which would make it from 1973 I believe. It is probably a fire service vehicle as I saw some grey ones in Cornwall many years ago.

Added by Bristol Bob on 21 August 2016.
Everybody viewing this website, this lovely old appliance has survived on the internet there is a photo of it residing in a farmyard taken very recently.

Added by BOB CARVER on 22 August 2016.
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